Connecting Classroom to Community
Service-learning is at the core of what we do best — and is transformative for many students. By directly connecting service to academic coursework, this hands-on teaching method provides students with opportunities to apply classroom knowledge, reflect on their experiences, and strengthen new skills, all while fulfilling community needs. The effects are often profound: students come away with great personal and professional growth, a fuller understanding of social issues, and the ability to foster change.
The undergraduate service-learning program spans multiple academic departments including management, sociology, education, psychology, biology, and social justice. Students commit to an average of 25 hours of service throughout the semester with a community-based organization that has identified projects and activities that match the students' course objectives.
The A2CE Program is a multi-year initiative that is meant to recognize students for their commitment to and passion for service. A2CE students deepen their service and learning experiences by working with a single community organization over their years at Simmons. Through a two-pronged approach of service and reflection, students gain immeasurable skills and experiences, and they make a clear community impact at their partner organization.
Service: First-year exploration includes volunteering 2-5 hours per week with a community partner. If students choose to continue with the A2CE program, they will increase their leadership and involvement with the partner through their Sophomore Project and Upperclass Capstone.
Reflection: Throughout the first two phases, students also engage in reflection series that emphasize either skill-building or issue orientation.
- Girl Scouts
- Sociedad Latina
- Tutors for All
- Community Servings
- Cradles to Crayons
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston BGCB_Pamphlet.pdf
- Girls' LEAP
- Women's Lunch Place WLP_Pamphlet.pdf
- BCYF BCYF_Pamphlet.pdf
Student Led Programs
Student leaders play an important role in the success of the Center. They manage and inspire their peers while also gaining professional development and learning skills that will help them achieve their career goals. They plan curricula, manage sessions, and provide invaluable insight to S/RC staff. Some of our current Student-led programs include:
- After School at Simmons
- America Learns
- America Reads-Mendell
- Boston Teacher's Union After School
- Education Sparks
- Gateway at The O'Bryant
- Girl's LEAP
- Girls Preparing to Succeed
- Mission Hill Morning Program
- Mission Hill School Middle School Enrichment
- Steps to Success — After Hours University
- Steps to Success — Hyde Park Mentoring Program
- Strong Women, Strong Girls
For more information on an organization or how to get involved, visit our office or contact us at (617) 521-2700.
Federal Work Study
The Center employs nearly 200 students in a wide range of community-based programs. These are paid student positions funded through the federal community service work-study program. Students must have Federal Work-Study (FWS) as part of their financial aid award in order to receive payment for their service.
Federal Work Study Opportunities »
Scott/Ross Center Main Office
Main Campus Building
Questions about service-learning?
Take a look at our Service-Learning FAQs for answers.